The Sou'Wester

Pardons sought by ex-inmates plunge

Tories Toughened Rules Last Spring
Applications for criminal record suspensions, formerly known as pardons, have plummeted since the Conservative government finalized tough new rules last spring.

Statistics released to The Canadian Press under the federal access-to-information law show 15,871 applicants between March 2011 and December 2012 down…

15 Mar 9:42 AM 0 Read More...

Parole Board Decisions Should Reign Supreme

Parole Board decisions should reign supreme, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said following revelations that a second-degree murderer was granted an escorted absence from prison by a warden despite a negative Parole Board decision.

“Individuals deemed ineligible for parole should not be given conditional release that is tantamount to…

14 Mar 2:32 AM 0 Read More...

In Person Profile: Maurice (Morris) Bowen

The Sou’Wester is pleased to introduce Maurice (Moris) Bowen who has spent 24 years in prison and is currently on day parole living in a half-way house in Montreal. We are grateful that Maurice was willing to share his experiences with us.

Q. Firstly, thank you Maurice for…

02 Mar 9:00 AM 1 Read More...

Can You Identify this Person?

Clue: This photo appeared in February 1979 issue of Harrowsmith magazine. Commune cornfields in the Ozarks. “Hair today, gone tomorrow” (Male figure only)

Got a guess? E-mail Paula. Winners will be announced in the next issue.

Note: If you have a picture you would like to submit, contact Paula…

10 Jan 4:04 AM 0 Read More...

Wardens Have Power

Granting Inmates Temporary Absences and Work Releases
Prison wardens can effectively thwart the will of the Parole Board of Canada— and one of them appears to have done so in the case of a woman who killed a Toronto police officer.

The sweeping powers were quietly granted to wardens last…

01 Mar 9:00 AM 0 Read More...